Our Mission

The mission of The Rosenkranz Foundation is to encourage the highest levels of achievement and innovation in public policy, higher education and the arts. It seeks to promote fresh and effective intellectual perspectives. It is committed to promoting intellectual diversity in public policy discourse and higher education.

Our History

The Rosenkranz Foundation was established by Robert Rosenkranz in 1985. Its focus is on public policy research, higher education, and the arts, with an emphasis on Asian art. In public policy, it has initiated the Intelligence Squared US (IQ2 US) series of debates in the United States, launching in September 2006, and has supported such think tanks as the Manhattan Institute and the American Enterprise Institute, and in London, Policy Exchange. In higher education, it has made several grants to Yale University, funding the creation of 20 new courses in scientific method and quantitative reasoning, endowing the Rosenkranz Writer-in-Residence program there, and underwriting the renovation of Rosenkranz Court in Pierson College. It also provides support for The Federalist Society (including sponsoring its Annual Rosenkranz Debate) and other initiatives to promote intellectual diversity in legal education. In Asian art, it has sponsored a major traveling exhibition and scholarly catalogue on the artist and writer Mu Xin, donated a substantial collection of modern Chinese art to the Harvard University Art Museums and has helped fund the production of a series of books on the culture and civilization of China published by Yale University Press. The Rosenkranz Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.


Robert Rosenkranz is CEO of Delphi Financial Group, an insurance company with some $10 billion in assets, and the founder of a group of investment and private equity partnerships.

He serves on the board of directors for the Manhattan Institute and the Lincoln Center Film Society in New York and of Policy Exchange, the center-right think tank in London. He is also a member of the Yale School of Architecture Dean’s Council, the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Photography at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A graduate of Yale University (A.B. summa cum laude 1962) and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1965), he was a tax lawyer with the New York law firm of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel and an economist with The RAND Corporation, where he was engaged in research on foreign policy issues and municipal finance. In 1969, he joined Oppenheimer & Company where he was a General Partner when he left to form Rosenkranz & Company, a private equity firm, in 1978.

Mr. Rosenkranz lives in Manhattan in an apartment that reflects his interests in Asian art and modern design. He has two adult children, Nicholas and Stephanie, both constitutional law scholars, and is married to Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D., Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Guggenheim Museum.

Stephanie Rosenkranz Hessler

Stephanie Rosenkranz Hessler is an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute. She writes frequently on constitutional law, national security law, counter terrorism law and judicial nominations. Her work has been featured in the Weekly Standard, National Review, the Washington Examiner and on Fox News.

Ms. Hessler served as a constitutional lawyer for the Senate Judiciary Committee. She drafted and negotiated legislation and advised on a wide range of topics including terrorist surveillance, domestic wiretapping, Guantanamo detainees, habeas corpus, presidential signing statements, abortion, voting rights and eminent domain. She also served on the legal team that counseled on the nomination of Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

Before joining the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ms. Hessler practiced international arbitration at a private law firm in New York City. After graduating from law school, Ms. Hessler clerked for the Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr., the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Ms. Hessler received her B.A. in English Literature from Kenyon College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. She lives in New York City with her husband and their four children.

Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz

Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz is a professor of law at Georgetown and a senior fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown, he also served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, and he clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the U.S. Supreme Court. Rosenkranz is currently developing a new theory of constitutional interpretation and judicial review. The first installment, The Subjects of the Constitution, was published in the Stanford Law Review in May of 2010, and it is the single most downloaded article about constitutional interpretation, judicial review, or federal courts in the history of SSRN. The second installment, The Objects of the Constitution, was published in May 2011, also in the Stanford Law Review. And the comprehensive version is forthcoming as a book by Oxford University Press. In addition to the Board of Directors of the Rosenkranz Foundation, he also serves on the Boards of Directors of both the Federalist Society and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. He holds a B.A. and J.D. from Yale University.

Alexandra Munroe

Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D., is Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. An authority on modern and contemporary Asian art and transnational art studies, she has led the Guggenheim’s Asian art program since its founding in 2006. Munroe has organized retrospective exhibitions of Cai Guo Qiang, Yayoi Kusama, Lee Ufan, Liu Dan, Mu Xin (with Wu Hung), and Yoko Ono, and has mounted the historical surveys Gutai: Splendid Playground (with Ming Tiampo), The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989, and Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture (with Takashi Murakami). Her project Japanese Art after 1945: Scream Against the Sky (1994) is recognized for initiating the field of postwar Japanese art history in the U.S. Raised in Japan, Munroe was Vice President of Japan Society, New York, and director of its museum from 1998-2005. She has won four International Art Critics Association awards for Best Show, and honors from the Association of American Art Museums, College Art Association, Association of American Museum Curators, Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), and China Art Powers. In 2008, The Third Mind received the Chairman’s Special Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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